Piet Zwart Institute
The Piet Zwart Institute is the center for postgraduate study and research of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam's art school. The de Kooning Academy is a part of Hogeschool Rotterdam, a university of applied sciences. Named in memory of the Dutch designer Piet Zwart, it was inaugurated in 2001. The current postgraduate study program structure had been introduced earlier in 1999.
The Piet Zwart Institute currently includes five Master study programs and one research program: Masters in Fine Art, Retail Design, Interior Architecture, Media Design and Communication (until 2012 with the specializations Networked Media and Lens-Based Digital Media) and Education in Art, and a research program Communication in a Digital Age. The academic degree of Masters is validated by the NVAO, the joint accreditation organization of the Dutch and Flemish ministries of education.
Since 2002, the Piet Zwart Institute initiated three research programs, Media Design Research (2002-2006, led by Matthew Fuller) and Communication in a Digital Age (since 2008, led by Florian Cramer) and Cultural Diversity (since 2010, led by Hugo Bongers). Research fellows included Lev Manovich, Alexei Shulgin, jodi, Simon Yuill and Alessandro Ludovico. Among the publications were an early handbook on open content licenses and the anthology Software Studies (ed. by Matthew Fuller, The MIT Press, 2008).
Publishing and collaboration
Since 2000, the study and research programs of the Piet Zwart Institute have published books on contemporary art, media and design in collaboration with publishing houses like Revolver Books, The MIT Press and OpenMUTE. The institute also collaborates with local organizations such as TENT/Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Witte de With, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, WORM, Duende, Het Wilde Weten and Goethe-Institut Rotterdam.
All study and research programs are based on a small core staff and a great number of visiting tutors. Course directors have been Anke Bangma (1999-2007), Vanessa Ohlraun (2007-2011) and Vivan Sky Rehberg (since 2011) for Fine Art; Raphael van Amerongen (2001-2007) and Margaret Wijnands (since 2008) for Retail Design; Matthew Fuller (2002-2006), Florian Cramer (2006-2010) and Renee Turner (2010-2011) for Networked Media; Robin Punt (2006-2010), Mirjam van Tilburg (since 2010) and Jojanneke Gijsen for Education in Art; Simon Pummell (2009-2011 and again since 2017) for Lens-Based Digital Media; Simon Pummell (since 2012) for Media Design and Communication (merged Networked Media and Lens-Based Digital Media courses); and Aymeric Mansoux for Experimental Publishing (since 2017). Since 2003, the project coordinator for Media Design programme (NM, LBDM, XPUB) has been Leslie Robbins.
- Catching Art in the Alternet, Rotterdam, 2011. Graduation exhibition of Master Media Design and Communication: Networked Media. Catalog.
- Exception Handling, TENT and WORM, Rotterdam, 2012. Graduation exhibition of Media Design & Communication Masters. Catalog, Invitation.
- News from Nowhere, TENT, V2_, NAI and WORM, Rotterdam, 2013. Graduation exhibition of Media Design & Communication Masters. Curated by Willie Stehouwer. Website.  
- Politics of Craft, WORM, Rotterdam, 2014.  
- Unlinked (Dislocations, Disappearances & Deprecations), TENT, Rotterdam, 2014. Graduation exhibition. Video. 
- Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room, Milan, 2014. Exhibition by the Master of Interior Architecture & Retail Design program. Website. 
- Tempted by Tomorrow, Hofpoort, Rotterdam, 2015. Graduation exhibition of Media Design & Communication Masters. Curated by Thomson & Craighead and Willie Stehouwer. Works, .
- Fuzzy Logic, V2_, Rotterdam, 2016. Graduation show of the Master Media Design. Works. 
- Interfacing the Law, Het Nieuwe Instituut Library, Rotterdam, 2017. Graduate festival of the Experimental Publishing (XPUB). Works. Website.
Networked Media / Media Design and Communication
Networked Media: André Castro (PT), Eleanor Greenhalgh (UK), Jasper van Loenen (NL), Jonas Lund (SE), Petra Milički (HR), Marie Wocher (DE), Dave Young (IE). Exchange students: Silvio Lorusso (IT), Sebastian Schmieg (DE), Bartholomäus Traubeck (AT).
Yoana Buzova (BG), Lasse van den Bosch Christensen (DK), Nicole Hametner (AT), Marlon Harder (NL), Menno Harder (NL), Niek Hilkmann (NL), Michaela Lakova (BG), Roel Roscam Abbing (NL), Nan Wang (CN). Exchange student: Matthias Hurtl (AT).
Mihail Bakalav (BG), Caetano Carvalho (BR), Junyu Chen (CN), Lucia Dossin (BR), Max Dovey (UK), Henk-Jelle de Groot (NL), Elleke Hageman (NL), Artyom Kocharyan (AM, NL), Lídia Pereira (PT), Luísa Moura (PT), Nikos Vogiatzis (GR), Joseph Knierzinger (AT), Mathijs van Oosterhoudt (NL).
Lucas Battich (AR), Manetta Berends (NL), Julie Boschat Thorez (FR), Cihad Caner (TR), Joana Chicau (PT), Cristina Cochior (RO), Solange Frankort (NL), Arantxa Gonlag (NL), Anne Lamb (US), Benjamin Li (NL), Yuzhen Tang (CN), Ruben Van de Ven (NL), Thomas Walskaar (NO).
|Art and design schools|
Bauhaus (Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, 1919-33), Vitebsk Popular Art Institute (Vitebsk, 1919-22), VkHUTEMAS (Moscow, 1920-26), School of Arts and Crafts (Bratislava, 1928-39), Black Mountain College (Black Mountain/NC, 1933-57), Ulm School of Design (Ulm, 1953-68), Academy of Media Arts (Cologne, est. 1990), Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam, est. 2001)